MYTHS & FACTS…About idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

November 2004 
Volume 34  Number 11
Pages 76 - 76
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(11)             November 2004             p 76 …About idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura [MYTHS & FACTS]


MYTH: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is caused by abnormalities in the bone marrow .

FACT: An autoimmune bleeding disorder, ITP develops when antibodies destroy platelets in the periphery of the body, rather than in the liver or spleen, as normal. The resulting low platelet count causes bruising, petechiae, and abnormal bleeding. Severity of illness depends on the location, duration, and amount of bleeding.

MYTH: Because ITP is hereditary, genetic counseling is recommended .

FACT: Neither of the two types of ITP—acute in children and chronic in adults—has a genetic link.

MYTH: Acute ITP in children is often fatal.

FACT: About 50 children per million ...

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